Associated Press

Lionel Messi has topped the Forbes’ 2019 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time.

The Argentine, who was ranked second last year, earned $127m (€112m) over the last 12 months, more than any other athlete on the planet.

Messi becomes just the second footballer to ever top the list, following Cristiano Ronaldo, who is second on this year’s list.

Ronaldo earned $109m (€96.3m) from June 1 2018 to June 1 2019.

Third on the list was Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar, with $105m (€92.8m) in earnings.

World’s five highest-paid athletes of 2019 (Forbes)

Lionel Messi – $127m
Cristiano Ronaldo – $109m
Neymar – $105m
Canelo Alvarez – $94m
Roger Federer – $93.4m

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